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Court Compels Discovery, Awards Sanctions In Dispute Over Whether Reinsurance Arbitration Clause Applies

by Carlton Fields on

In 2011, Top’s Personnel entered into a reinsurance agreement with Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company (“AUCRA”), and several years later executed a promissory note (“the Note”) in favor of a related entity,...more

Second Circuit Enforces Arbitration Agreement In Favor Or Non-Party Whose Agent Entered Into That Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

The Second Circuit has affirmed an order compelling a plaintiff-employee to arbitrate his employment related claims against Carnival Cruise Lines, despite the fact that the one page employment agreement that he signed did not...more

Supreme Court to Resolve Current Split of Authority Over Enforceability of Class Action Waivers Contained in Mandatory Arbitration...

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Many employers have implemented mandatory arbitration policies requiring that all employment related disputes be resolved through final and binding arbitration rather than in traditional court proceedings. Generally speaking,...more

Recent Cases Provide Recipe for Resolving Consumer Class Actions Through Arbitration

by Bryan Cave on

Recent court decisions confirm the possibility of mandatory arbitration as a viable option for retailers frustrated with the rising costs of litigation, and the inability to recover their attorneys’ fees, for frivolous class...more

Non-Signatories Succeed In Compelling Arbitration In State Courts

The high courts of two states have allowed non-signatories to compel arbitration in recent weeks. The cases show courts are addressing non-signatory issues using different standards and raise important drafting issues for...more

A Lesson from the Third Circuit on Arbitration Clauses: Say What You Mean

by Blank Rome LLP on

CPR Speaks - A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reminds us that when we want an arbitration clause to apply in certain situations or to certain parties, we have to build that...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Claim That Amazon’s Terms and Conditions Are an Unconscionable Contract

In an unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling that had sent a putative class action against Amazon over its pricing practices to arbitration, as per Amazon’s terms of service. (Wiseley v....more

Ninth Circuit Allows Class Arbitration To Proceed Despite Absence Of Express Reference To Class Arbitration

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Lamps Plus appealed an order permitting class arbitration of claims related to a data breach of personal identifying information of its employees, alleging negligence, breach of contract, invasion of privacy, and other...more

Murphy’s Law: Will the Supreme Court End Employment Contract Arbitration Clauses?

Can you prevent employees from pursuing class actions if you have the right employment agreement? Employment agreements routinely include arbitration clauses that require employees to waive their right to pursue work-related...more

Appellate Court Holds That The New Mexico Unfair Practices Act Applies To A “Services” Contract For The Construction Of A Home,...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Fogelson v. Bozzone, 2017 N.M. App. LEXIS 58 (July 26, 2017) - In May of 2008, Wallen Development, LLC (“Wallen”) entered into a written agreement to construct and sell a new home to David and Corinne Fogelson...more

Reasonable Minds Differ - Circuit Split on Preliminary Injunctive Relief for Parties to Arbitration Agreements

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This article compares the U.S. Court of Appeals’ differing positions on whether injunctive relief is available to parties to contracts with arbitration provisions. It is the first in a series of comparative studies...more

NLRB About-Face Highlights Lack of Reasoning on the Class Action “Right” It Seeks to Assert

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Seyfarth Synopsis: The NLRB has withdrawn the significant concession it offered at oral argument on the nature of the NLRA rights it seeks to assert in the face of employers’ mandatory arbitration programs....more

SCOTUS Weighs Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in three cases—NLRB v. Murphy Oil USA, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, and Ernst & Young, et al. v. Morris—to resolve whether arbitration provisions in employment agreements...more

Class Waivers at the Divided Supreme Court: Employers Cautiously Optimistic

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following oral argument, employers should be cautiously optimistic that the Supreme Court will allow mandatory arbitration programs containing waivers of the ability to bring collective and class actions....more

Judge Fitzwater Assigned to Hear Industry Suit to Block CFPB Arbitration Rule is Experienced and Well-Respected

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we’ve mentioned, the finance industry recently filed suit to overturn the CFPB’s arbitration rule in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Shortly after the case was filed, it was assigned to...more

Oral Argument in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis: Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements

The Supreme Court began its new Term yesterday with oral arguments in cases involving whether arbitration agreements permitting only individual (non-class) arbitrations are enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act, or...more

Eighth Circuit Holds That A Motion To Dismiss Based On An Arbitration Clause Is Not A Challenge To The Court’s Jurisdiction

by Carlton Fields on

A municipality sued the company that constructed its water treatment facility, in connection with contaminants found in the water supply. The parties had entered into a series of agreements which contained choice of law and...more

Future of Class Action Waivers: The Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument

On October 2, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in three consolidated cases that will decide the future of class action waivers in the employment context. These cases—National Labor Relations...more

What is the deadline for the Senate to pass a CRA resolution to override the CFPB’s arbitration rule?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Despite the filing of a lawsuit last Friday by a number of industry trade groups seeking to block implementation of the CFPB’s arbitration rule, we remain hopeful that the Senate will pass a resolution of disapproval under...more

Courts Lose Jurisdiction To Vacate Arbitration Award After Three Months

The Nebraska Supreme Court recently had the unenviable task of determining whether the three month time period that the FAA provides for vacating an arbitration award is a statute of limitation (subject to tolling) or is...more

Finance Industry Files Lawsuit to Overturn CFPB Arbitration Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Bankers Association, the Consumer Bankers Association, Financial Services Roundtable, American Financial Services Association, Texas Association of Business, Texas Bankers Association,...more

In A Stunning Rebuke To CFPB, OCC Finds Arbitration Rule Will Significantly Increase Cost Of Consumer Credit

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a September 20 report, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) seriously undermined the integrity and completeness of the CFPB’s empirical study of consumer arbitration that purports to be the foundation for...more

Why the Supreme Court’s “Big” Case on Class Action Waivers May Have Little Impact on Some Companies Including Those Using...

by Locke Lord LLP on

Tomorrow, October 2, the Supreme Court will hear argument on what many commentators are calling one of the biggest issues affecting companies in the past decade – whether mandatory arbitration clauses with class action...more

Intra-EU Bilateral Investment Treaties: compatible with EU law after all?

by White & Case LLP on

In an advisory Opinion to the CJEU, Advocate General Wathelet has advised that an Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism between two Member States is not contrary to EU law. He also considers that, in disputes arising...more

Crucial Labor and Employment Issues on the Line in Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Case

Schnader Assesses Landmark Labor Case in U.S. Supreme Court - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument on Monday, October 2 in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, an important labor and employment case in which Schnader...more

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